Our beloved spirit
A COMPLEX SPIRIT
A complex spirit Mezcal is one of the world’s most diverse and complex spirits, a notion that is reflected in everything from the type of agave plants used to make it to the different techniques employed in every step of its production. Grand Mezcal uses 100% agave espadin (Agave Angustifolia Haw by its scientific name), one of the most prized agave varieties grown in the heartland of Oaxaca, to make La Escondida.
The preparation bypasses the ways of the industrial era and goes back to basics: completely artisanal, it transports us to a place where we connect with nature and human processes. The first sip connects you with the psychomagic of mezcal, the second connects your friends and the third is a connection with the universe.
TRADITIONAL AND ARTISANAL METHODS
Grand Mezcal La Escondida is committed to a level of excellence that can only be achieved using traditional and artisanal methods. Agave plants are cut and pulled from the soil by hand. The piñas (hearts) filled with nectar are then put through an initial roasting process and later crushed using a horse-powered stone press. The resulting mash is then fermented in pine vats, where it absorbs a host of wood flavors. The mix is then subjected to double distillation through copper coils over a wood fire until the desired elixir is achieved.
Our agave plants are harvested 100% by hand at maturity.
That is, at an average age of 7-10 years old.
ARTISANAL PIT ROASTING
We prepare a traditional roasting pit by heating
volcanic stones. Once the pit is hot enough,we load the agave inside and cover it with soil for slow roasting.
We use a large horse-propelled stone to crush the cooked agave and extract its sweetness.
Natural fermentation is carried out with local spring water.
Wild yeast from this region is an essential part of La Escondida’s DNA.
Once the agave has been harvested, cooked, crushed, and fermented, we move on to distillation. Small copper alembic stills similar to those from the 1800s are used in a double distillation process which adds the final notes to this Grand Mezcal.
To preserve all of the product’s aromas, we carefully
fill, label and seal each and every bottle of La Escondida by hand.